COSCO Shipping’s specialized carriers division has announced the record-breaking loading and delivery of a nearly 32,000-ton floating platform built for an offshore oilfield.
Last month’s delivery aboard the company’s Xin Guang Hua semi-submersible ship marked the first completed order for a Chinese-made floating production, storage and offloading vessel, COSCO said. FPSOs are used in remote or deep water locations where seabed pipelines are not cost-effective.
The giant FPSO, with a height of 118 meters and a platform diameter of 87 meters, was built at a Nantong shipyard for Britain’s Dana Petroleum.
The process of moving the structure from the shipyard onto the deck of the Xin Guang Hua took about two weeks, COSCO said. The FPSO was the heaviest and largest structure ever handled by a COSCO vessel, the company said.
Photo: FPSO being loaded onto a COSCO semi-submersible ship